Do you understand how to stop suicide?
No one has all the answers to stop suicide, but one man prevented many tragic deaths. Maybe he’ll inspire you. His simple methods might convince you to do more. Wherever you live, you might make all the difference.
Keep in mind that you have what it takes.
Don Ritchie lived across the street from a rocky cliff which is the most notorious spot for suicide in Australia. He prevented suicides, somewhere between 160 (the official tally) and 500 (the best guess), mostly by paying attention to what was obvious to him as he looked out his window. He saw a person in trouble. Then he acted. As he said, “You gotta try and save them. It’s pretty simple.”
Mr. Ritchie succeeded with a simple sauce. He approached people on the edge, smiled and said, “Why don’t you come and have a cup of tea?”
A smile is not always enough, of course. The intentions behind suicide are mysterious sometimes, and very complex, but often it doesn’t take much to make all the difference. Maybe you’ve heard about the note left behind by a fellow who leaped to his death from the Golden Gate Bridge in California. If one person smiles at me on the way to the bridge, the man wrote, I will not jump.
Don Ritchie is our nominee in the amateur category for Top Psychiatrist!
At TMS Augusta one of our goals is to stamp out depression, the leading cause of suicide, beginning in our own backyard. Don Ritchie was a hero! We believe you can help by sharing information such as this, and by sharing a smile.